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Little Alice arose one bright May
morning just as the sun was peering
through the white curtains of her little
chamber, and alter offering a simple
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morning prayer from the depths of her
happy heart, she prepared herself for
breakfast. How beautiful the earth
looked, all sparkling with dew drops, and
how merrily the birds sang in the tops of
the apple-trees ! Alice's heart grew hap-
pier still as she looked out upon them, and.
listened to their sweet hymnings. All was
astir in the yard below. The speckled
hen bustled about her ten chickens,
anxious to pick them up a breakfast of
stray worms and slugs ; the big Shanghai
stood on a stone and poured forth a blast
from his clarion, which might have
awakened an army. Alice laughed at his
pompous, ungainly figure, which seemed
still more uncouth by contrast with the
stately peacock, which just then swept
down the carriage walk. It was, indeed,
a lovely morning, and the little girl had
arisen just in time to appreciate its beau-
ties. It always makes us happier and
better to sympathize with the lovely and
beautiful in nature. It brings us nearer
to God, the source of all true loveliness,
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and makes us love more dearly all the
creatures He has made.
" I will see if I cannot do good to some
one this day/' said Alice. " I know I am
only a little girl, but I feel sure I can do
something ;" and with this good resolution
in her heart, she descended to the dining-
room, just as the bell rang for family
When breakfast was ready, the baby
worried and cried, and would not sit on
the carpet as usual, and amuse himself.
Mother looked weary, and it was plain her
head ached badly.
" Please let me take Willie, mother?"
said Alice. " I would just as soon wait,
and I know he will be quiet with me."
" I should be very glad if you could
divert him, Alice ; he is cutting his teeth,
and has worried all the night. Poor little
" Alice borrowed Prank's marbles, and
sat down with baby on the carpet. The
bright-hued balls pleased him, and he
loved to roll them about with his little fat
hands. His sister patiently gathered
them up, when they rolled beyond his
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reach, and thus the mealtime passed.
She did not envy her brother his warm
breakfast; the thought of helping her
dear, kind mother, was a hundred times
more satisfactory. The influence of a
good example is often contagious, and
after breakfast, the usually careless, whist-
ling Frank sat down and played with the
baby while Alice was eating.
She did not conclude now that she had
done enough for one day, but after baby
had drank his cup of new milk she coaxed
him into his cradle, giving him one of her
gayest toys, and then sang a sweet lulling
song which presently soothed the weary,
restless little one into a quiet refreshing
slumber. It more than repaid her for all
her trouble to hear her mother say, " Dear
Allie, you have helped me a great deal
this morning ; and your little brother will
feel much better for a good sleep."
Just then grandpa entered, leaning on
his staff, and walking feebly, as he felt
more than usually unwell that morning.
Alice sprang to his side, assisted him to
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cross the room, where his easy chair was
placed beside his favourite window.
" I will bring you in your toast and
tea, grandpa, as soon as Margaret makes
them," she said, cheerily.
" Thank you, my child, but I do not
care much for them ; I have but little
" Just try a little," she added, as she
passed out into the kitchen. She returned
presently with a nicely-laid tray, and
placing it before him, broke the egg ready
for him, and poured out a cup of tea,
chatting pleasantly all the while. The
old man's heart warmed as he listened to
her sunny, cheering words. The break-
fast w r as eaten with a relish he did not
anticipate, and his wasted frame was
refreshed and invigorated.
And thus she passed her day, going
about the house with a sunny face, which
shone pleasantly upon all around her.
Not even the old cat, nor the chickens,
were left without her efforts and sympa-
thies. When she went to rest that night,
her heart was lull of sunshine, and with
a thankful spirits he renewed her good re-
solution for the coming day.
Who of my little readers will form the
same, and then carry it out as did little